Dr Kimberley Kavanagh

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I am a statistician, with a 5-year chancellor’s fellowship award, collaborating with researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and consultants in the NHS and international partners on data driven solutions to problems in public health and epidemiology.  My work has helped to shape public health policy, in particular my work evaluating the impact of the HPV vaccination has provided the evidence base for vaccine and cervical screening policy in Scotland and contributed to the international evidence base.

In light of this research, I was awarded the 2018 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal for recognition of my “outstanding, internationally renowned research in public health epidemiology and health informatics”.

My publications span the fields of statistics, informatics, medicine and epidemiology with publications in top-ranking journals such as Lancet Infectious Diseases and the BMJ. My statistical expertise lies in the analysis and modelling of large observational health datasets with research interest in the fields of public health epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and digital health.

With my research expertise, highly cited articles and high impact publications, and growing research group, I am collaborating with colleagues to create an internationally renowned centre in statistical epidemiology and health informatics, spanning the departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science and Computer and Information Science.

I am an active contributor to my statistical community, elected to the Council of the Royal Statistical Society in 2014, where I currently hold the post of honorary officer for conferencing and events with responsibility for organisation and strategy of their international conference.


HPV status and HPV16 viral load in anal cancer and its association with clinical outcome
Guerendiain Daniel, Grigorescu Raluca, Kirk Anna, Stevenson Andrew, Holden Matthew T G, Pan Jiafeng, Kavanagh Kim, Graham Sheila V, Cuschieri Kate
Cancer Medicine, pp. 1-11 (2022)
Opportunities and challenges when using record linkage of routinely collected electronic health care data to evaluate outcomes of systemic anti-cancer treatment in clinical practice
Mueller Tanja, Laskey Jennifer, Baillie Kelly, Clarke Julie, Crearie Christine, Kavanagh Kimberley, Graham Janet, Graham Kathryn, Waterston Ashita, Jones Robert, Kurdi Amanj, Morrison David, Bennie Marion
Health Informatics Journal Vol 28, pp. 1-17 (2022)
Probabilistic microsimulation to examine the cost-effectiveness of hospital admission screening strategies for carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in the United Kingdom
Manoukian Sarkis, Stewart Sally, Dancer Stephanie J, Mason Helen, Graves Nicholas, Robertson Chris, Leonard Alistair, Kennedy Sharon, Kavanagh Kim, Parcell Benjamin, Reilly Jacqui
European Journal of Health Economics (2021)
Termination of wanted pregnancy and suicidal ideation in hyperemesis gravidarum : a mixed methods study
Nana Melanie, Tydeman Florence, Bevan Georgie, Boulding Harriet, Kavanagh Kimberley, Dean Caitlin, Williamson Catherine
Obstetric Medicine (2021)
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced cervical cancer : real-world evidence data from the Cancer Medicines Outcomes Programme (CMOP)
Baillie Kelly, Reed Nicholas, Laskey Jennifer, Pan Jiafeng, Kavanagh Kimberley, Bennie Marion, Crearie Christine, Mueller Tanja, Sadozye Azmat, Harrand Rosie, Kerr Ashleigh, Graham Kathryn
European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology Vol 42, pp. 926-935 (2021)
Retrospective cohort study of neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by tailored surgery in locally advanced sphincter-threatening vulval cancer : an alternative to exenteration?
Baillie Kelly, Reed Nicholas, Pan Jiafeng, Laskey Jennifer, Bennie Marion, Crearie Christine, Mueller Tanja, Kavanagh Kimberley, Siddiqui Nadeem, Burton Kevin, Telfer John, Lindsay Rhona, Shanbhag Smruta, Harrand Rosie, Sadozye Azmat, Graham Kathryn
European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology Vol 42, pp. 917-925 (2021)

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Professional activities

Strathclyde Doctoral School CDTs for Chancellor’s Fellows Workshop
Royal Statistical Conference 2019
NHS National Institute for Health Research (External organisation)
Royal Statistical Society Conference Board (External organisation)
Royal Statistical Society Conference 2017
Invited speaker

More professional activities


panPIERS: artificial intelligence-informed time-of-disease risk assessment for women with pre-eclampsia
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Statistical Modelling of Covid-19 data in Public Health Scotland
Robertson, Chris (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Kleczkowski, Adam (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Cardiovascular disease and COVID-19: using UK-wide linked routine healthcare data to address the impact of cardiovascular disease on COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular diseases
Bennie, Marion (Principal Investigator) Kurdi, Amanj (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) Doctoral Training Centre
Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Rattray, Nicholas (Co-investigator)
The focus of the STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) DTC is to develop a centre of excellence in the linkage and analysis of data across disciplines. With an initial focus on health and healthcare delivery, STRADDLE will deliver linkage and innovative analysis of data from the molecular to population level, to achieve new insights and to maximize the value of health research data. There are 3 fully funded, 3.5 year PhD studentships are available to highly motivated UK and EU students. Successful applicants will be trained as the next generation of data scientists and develop skills and know how to deliver on the integration of diverse clinical data types – from molecules to man to populations.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
Assessment of cardiovascular diseases risk profile and management in HIV-infected patients in Kenya: A local situation analysis to inform future development of quality improvement interventions
Kurdi, Amanj (Principal Investigator) ACHIENG, Loice (Principal Investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Godman, Brian (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Megiddo, Itamar (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
SDTC Digital Health Systems TEC PhD
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021

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